03/26/2015 11:53AM

Snyder, who raced Lisa's Booby Trap, dies at 59

Barbara D. Livingston
Tim Snyder, shown with Lisa's Booby Trap, died Tuesday at home at age 59.

Tim Snyder, the down-and-out upstate New York horseman who purchased Lisa’s Booby Trap for $4,500 in 2010 and won $182,000 with her, has died at age 59, according to an obituary in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and a Facebook post by Snyder’s daughter Sierra Chidester on the fan page of Lisa’s Booby Trap.

A cause of death was not given.

Snyder, a lifetime racetracker from Portland, Maine, had little more than a station wagon and a dog when he purchased Lisa’s Booby Trap, a clubfooted filly who was blind in one eye. Snyder named Lisa’s Booby Trap after his late wife and a Florida gentlemen’s club located near Calder Race Course.

Lisa’s Booby Trap won her first three starts by a combined 27 lengths for Snyder at Finger Lakes. John Tebbutt, for whom Snyder galloped horses, was listed as the trainer for her first two starts because Snyder could not afford a racing license or insurance.

Snyder sent Lisa’s Booby Trap to Saratoga for her fourth start, and she won the $70,000 Loudonville Stakes by six lengths to remain undefeated. Lisa’s Booby Trap was eliciting large sales offers by that time, but Snyder wasn’t interested, preferring his filly to the money.

Lisa’s Booby Trap went on to win 10 of 18 starts before being retired in 2013.

Snyder’s daughter said in her Facebook post that Snyder died Tuesday at his home and that she and Snyder’s sister, Cheryl Hall, were there as he took “his last breaths.”

“I am happy that he is with Lisa and sad because we will miss him so much,” Chidester  wrote. “Lisa’s Booby Trap took him on a wonderful journey that besides Lisa was the highlight of his life.”

Snyder is survived by another daughter, Ashley Serino, and two brothers, Edward and Daniel, along with three grandchildren.

Snyder will be buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lakeland, N.Y. There will be no services, according to the Baranich Funeral Home.